Hello All, I am still looking for a piano to play my only roll.
In earlier [MMD] editions I wrote about a Musette player piano;
I decided against it as I have now found (I believe) a better
instrument. Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my
The instrument I found is an upright player piano from about the
late 'twenties, a tall upright. "New York Soloist" is the only
information I have on it at this time. It is in playing condition,
ivory keys, matching bench, not electrified, and red mahogany.
The owner is asking $350, which I believe is a very good price for
the research I have done. I looked up the player action on John
Tuttle's Player-Care web site, and under "Soloist" was listed that
it has a "Standard" brand player system. This sounds good because
according to Player-Care these actions were put into only well-built
instruments (which the owner of the piano says it is), and the player
systems are built well themselves.
I am looking for more information regarding this piano, the player
system, etc. I hope somebody knows if it's worth the $350 and if
it will play for years to come!
[ "Soloist" indicates it's an Autopiano. $350 seems a fair price for
[ a working player piano, so if you like it then buy it. But how much
[ will you spend on transporting it to your home? Have you, yourself,
[ played a few rolls at the piano? Maybe you should hire a piano
[ tuner/tech to inspect and tune the piano and verify the pin block
[ is in good condition and won't need replacement. -- Robbie